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20 March 2015


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This might interest you Arthur.

"The Northumbrian Kiap" by Robert Foster. Just out. I'm waiting for a copy and will do a review.

Meanwhile, check out the website:

Just came across this post Ed. With me on my initial training at ASOPA was Geoff Swainson another Pom. Think he may have been oldest of group. He had been working in Liberia some time prior to becoming kiap.

He told me that one of benefits of wearing Bombay-bloomers was, if the neighbouring missionary and wife seemed determined to make their visit a long afternoon, he only needed to sit down in an indelicate manner ‘unknowingly’ exposing his family jewels and Missus Misso would soon advise hubby it was time to go home.

Last I heard of him was going to his first posting at Maprik. Then disappeared of the edge somewhere.

In my island posting I was clearly informed by my boss the Distruct Local Government Officer that he considered my thongs (flip-flops for any Pommie reader) and lack of socks unsuitable for kiaping.

I explained that hopping in and out of dinghies perhaps to wade ashore made socks unsuitable for coastal kiaping.

I found the original so-called leprosy sandals very well made and their rivets must have been stainless steel because they didn’t rust out as quickly as the later models from China that lasted less than quarter of the Hansenide ones.

The canvas army boot with rubber soles were relatively cheap and especially if you bought the ones with drain eyelets could be worn through streams, rivers etc. Once again cheaper copies soon hit Kavieng’s Asian shops and I found they would wear out in a month or so.

The only time I wore a tie was when elected to New Ireland Provincial Assembly. Long trousers and shirt with collar and tie were written into the rules.

I got kicked out for wearing a stylish barong with PNG map and crest. The Speaker told me I was ‘improperly dressed’.

My arch-enemy and old friend, the Premier Pedi Anis, came to my assistance by taking me to his office where he gave me a spare tie I could wear. Worn with my lovely Filipino shirt I looked like a stupid white kanaka.

I still have it but must have shrunk as it is too tight - or could it be too much kaikai bilong masta?

An amusing tale, Ed Brumby. And we are decidedly non-Melanesian these days, aren't we?

In the early 90's high school boys wore shorts from Grade 7 to 10, usually Number1 (which I still favour).

We'd get up to all kinds of sport games, grubby and sweaty, but wash it all off quite easily at the next tap. A tee-shirt on the inside was all we needed to be ready to go play.

Nowadays the lads have to wear long pants from Grade 8 onwards.

I think the change was meant to make them more respectable/responsible, feel more mature or something like that.

With the number of high school nuisance cases reported in the media, I don't know if that plan is working.

Who said play wasn't a good way to get mature? At least we burned off all that excess energy constructively.

I also here that 10:30 recess and lunch hour games tend to be more restricted, so maybe the kids are too busy on their mobile porns - oops, phones.

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